University of Oregon — Director for College and Career Advising

The University of Oregon is seeking a Director for College and Career Advising to help advance the university’s efforts ensuring students’ success as scholars and as people pursuing meaningful post-graduate careers. The DCCA will lead a staff of approximately 30 professional advisors in Tykeson Hall, the UO’s new integrated academic and career advising building, slated to open in fall 2019. The DCCA will work collaboratively with advising leaders on campus and develop a team who support students with diverse academic interests, abilities, as well as cultural, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds.

Job no: 522707
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Academic Advising/Support, Executive/Management/Director, Student Life/Services
Department: Undergraduate Studies Admin
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience
Compensation Band: OS-OA09-Fiscal Year 2018-2019
FTE: 1.0
Application Review Begins
September 14, 2018; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Complete applications must include the following:

  • Cover letter demonstrating how you meet the qualifications and addressing your interest in the position
  • Resume/CV
  • Name, email and phone number for at least three professional references. Candidate will be notified prior to references being contacted.

Department Summary
The Division of Undergraduate Studies (UGS) promotes academic excellence, universal access, engagement and achievement for the student scholar. UGS programs focus on the educational trajectory of the student by providing opportunities and services essential for progress toward scholastic objectives and intellectual development. UGS departments and programs serve the entire population of UO undergraduate students and partner closely with other campus units to support student success and engagement.

The College of Arts and Sciences has nearly 50 departments and programs, spanning the Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences, and comprises about two-thirds of all faculty, graduate students and undergraduate majors on campus.

Position Summary
The Director for College and Career Advising (DCCA) will help the University of Oregon lead the nation in ensuring students’ success as scholars and as people pursuing meaningful post-graduate careers. To achieve this goal, the DCCA will lead and manage a staff of approximately 30 professional advisors (six direct reports) in Tykeson Hall. These advisors will: a) counsel students on academic pathways suited to students’ passions (whether those lie in the arts, sciences, or professional schools and, b) provide guidance on careers to which those academic pathways may lead. This innovative advising center is central to the University of Oregon’s commitment to student success, a commitment that is so crucial that a 56,000 SF building is being constructed to support it. Tykeson Hall will open in fall, 2019 and the President has funded an additional 23 advising positions to help staff it.

About half of the advising staff in the building will serve all students at the University, including wrap-around advising to first-year and exploring students, while the other half will serve as the main staff of professional advisors for majors and minors in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). The entire team will be cross-trained in each other’s duties, and in pre-career advising. The DCCA will work in conjunction with Undergraduate Studies (UGS) and College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) leadership to hire, train and manage an advising staff that will provide students with integrated, wrap-around academic and career advising.

The DCCA reports directly to the UGS Assistant Vice Provost for Advising and is a member of the UGS’s leadership group where they will participate in student success working groups led by the Associate Vice Provost for Student Success (e.g. First Year Experience, Degree Progress, Wrap-around Advising). The DCCA will work collaboratively with advising leaders on campus, including the CAS Dean and senior leadership team, to implement and assess new framework for integrated academic and career advising in Tykeson Hall. The CAS Dean will have input in the DCCA performance evaluations.

The DCCA and the advising staff will also work closely with the UO Career Center, which will also be housed in Tykeson, ensuring that the advising team’s pre-career advising systems mesh well with the Career Center’s career development and employer relations services to the campus.

The DCCA will work collaboratively and creatively with directors of various advising units across administrative and academic departments, including the other colleges and schools on campus, and is a key person in promoting UGS’s goals for student success. The DCCA must exhibit a high level of cross-cultural competency and will develop a team that can support a variety of students with diverse academic interests, abilities, and cultural, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds.

Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution (preferably an undergraduate degree or graduate level coursework in an Arts and Science discipline).
  • Three years of experience in higher education academic, career advising, or counseling, working with a range of undergraduate students from first-year students, exploring students, and students with declared majors.
  • Leadership experience in an advising or academic support unit (or comparable setting) including hiring, supervising and training.

Professional Competencies

  • Demonstrated experience with and/or commitment to working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds, in support of an inclusive and welcoming environment.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience working collaboratively with faculty, including consideration of curricular design and academic policies and procedures.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Significant experience with models of integrated academic and career advising.
  • Significant experience in advising liberal arts students.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and creatively to solve problems.
  • Facility with independent work and priority-setting in a fast-paced office environment.
  • Strong teaching, coaching, and presentation skills.
  • Familiarity with the use of current technology in advising.

FLSA Exempt: Yes
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All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.
The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at uocareers@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5112.

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